You spoke in third person
It’s funny now—as you see young children posting absurd things online—that Facebook, the harbinger of modern social media, used to be an elite social network reserved only for students of certain colleges and universities.
It’s also funny to look back at the website’s changing format over time, frustrating as it might be to reflect on the good old days when you actually saw what people were writing, instead of a limited and flawed algorithm filling your News Feed. *sigh*
But one of the weirdest things you definitely did if you had Facebook in 2007 was talk about yourself in third person. Much like the antics of our current president, talking in third person seemed perfectly normal back in the early days of Facebook.
You publicly blogged about all your feelings
The concept of a private diary goes back hundreds of years, but the blogging boom of the ’90s trickled down to your everyday, emotional teenager by the 2000s and no site made this easier than LiveJournal.
If you didn’t personally have one, you at least knew one person (or entire classes and grades) that used LiveJournal (and sites like it) to recount their daily activities, feelings, song lyrics, drama, and, of course, online quizzes.
You texted everything letter by letter
Where you’d think technology would continue to grow smaller over time, cell phones today just keep getting bigger—but they’re certainly easier to use.
Ten years ago, you were still typing out all your text messages letter by letter *gasp*—or if you were more sane, you had mastered T9 Word. Kids today will never know which letters correspond to the numbers on a phone.
Of course, a select few of you may not have needed T9 after 2007…